Scientific Software Engineer

US citizenship is required along with the ability to obtain and maintain a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.

Job Description

OptTek is seeking a mid-level Software Engineer with great programming skills and a strong background in application development. The position requires a highly motivated, detail-oriented professional capable of both independent and team performance on a variety of software development tasks spanning both commercial and government work. If you want to be part of a talented, highly collaborative team that empowers people to make the world a better and safer place through AI-based optimization and analytics, read on.

Benefits of Working at OptTek

OptTek thrives when our people thrive. Here are some of the great benefits of working at OptTek:

  • Interesting, challenging work centered around your capabilities, interests, and work style
  • Base 36-hour, 4-day work week
  • Flexible, hybrid office and remote work options
  • Competitive compensation including annual bonus plans
  • Comprehensive benefits package which includes health insurance, disability benefits, a matched 401(k) and more
  • Open Paid Time Off Policy
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Catered lunches
  • Free parking at our amazing historic Boulder location
  • Company events including a wide range of community service, team, and family-friendly activities throughout the year


Essential requirements include:

  • Five or more years of professional software development/analytics experience. Salary and responsibilities will be dependent on the level of experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in software design and architecture.
  • Experience developing web-based and desktop applications using Java and related technologies.
  • A desire to create code for the user interface, backend services, and data manipulation.
  • The ability to interact with customers to understand their problems, integrate our software, and help them utilize our solutions.

Highly desirable qualifications include:

  • An active DoD security clearance.
  • Degree(s) in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field, preferably in computer science or operations research (graduate degrees may qualify as previous experience).
  • Expertise in any of the following areas:
    • CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript libraries and frameworks, SQL.
    • React and JavaFX.
    • Writing software involving optimization, algorithms, simulation, mathematics, or data analytics.
    • Python, R, Tableau or other tools for scripting and data analysis and manipulation.
    • UI and UX design.

Company Description

OptTek Systems is the leading provider of optimization technology to the US government and the simulation software industry. Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1992, the OptTek team includes internationally recognized leaders in optimization and has a strong history of creating world class applications combining simulation, optimization, and analytics.

OptTek is much more than a leading provider of optimization technology. We have a truly unique culture that promotes positive attitudes, mutual respect across our team, and a fun, friendly working environment. We work hard and value work/life balance, enjoying a base 36-hour, 4-day work week. To learn more, visit

Our target starting range is $90,000 – $140,000 plus eligibility for an annual bonus. Actual compensation and title will be commensurate with experience and skills.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. OptTek is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We promote equity for all, including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We welcome and encourage applications from people with these identities or members of other historically marginalized groups. We are proud to be a dog-friendly, Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Begin your journey to make the world a better and safer place with a career at OptTek.